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Southeast Council Against the Road Records

Identifier: R0108-SCAR

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Scope and Contents

The Southeast Council Against the Road Records document the activities and organization of the community coalition in their efforts to prevent the proposed East-West Highway from routing through Baltimore neighborhoods in the 1960s and 1970. The collection also includes materials related to their partnerships with other community organizations, their work related to historic neighborhood preservation, and other functions. Materials include articles of incorporation for community organizations, by-laws, public hearing records, correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, photographs, and clippings.


  • 1959-1992


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Barbara Mikulski and Gloria Aull organized the Southeast Council Against the Road Records (SCAR) in 1968 to fight the construction of an East-West Expressway that would have destroyed sections of Southeast Baltimore. SCAR was a coalition of organizations and private individuals in Southeast Baltimore that opposed the proposed expressway which was planned to route through residential neighborhoods and business districts of Baltimore City. The group also partnered with and supported other community organizations in opposition of the proposed highways during what is known as the "Road Fights." The group's efforts were successful and the highways were rerouted away from the city neighborhoods.

[Information for this historical note was gathered from materials within the collection.]


10.42 Linear Feet (9 containers)

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Collection is arranged in 9 series:

  • Fells Point Planning Council
  • SCAR Organizations
  • Litigation
  • Public Hearings
  • Transportation Department Publications
  • General Publications
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Historic District
  • Research Files

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Ellen von Karajan, Executive Director of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point, in 2003.

Related Materials

Some related collections at UBalt Special Collections and Archives include:

  • The Movement Against Destruction Records
  • and Southeast Development, Inc. Records, among others

Accessing Digital Copies

Digital versions of items in this collection are available online. Locate records by using the "Print" button above, or browse records in “Collection Organization." Records with associated digital objects are identified with a red Digital Object icon.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and materials were digitized for access by Special Collections and Archives staff members.

Finding aid for the Southeast Council Against the Road Records
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2022).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA